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October at Medical Museion


October starts with champagne bubbles, as we open our brand new exhibition, Obesity –What’s the problem? on Wednesday. In this edition of the newsletter you can also read about Medical Museion’s programme for Culture Night 2012, the altered opening hours at the museum, an open event on social media’s entry into the world of medicine, and catch up on some recent blog highlights.

Exhibition opening: Obesity – What’s the problem?

On Wednesday, 3 October 2012 Medical Museion opens the doors of our new exhibition Obesity – What’s the problem? Everyone has a position on obesity, and this autumn Medical Museion takes the pulse of Danish obesity research, bringing this heavily debated subject into focus.
 
Obesity – What’s the problem? is centered on the gastric bypass operation and examines three different levels of research into obesity: Surgical, medical, and scientific approaches. The exhibition also contains many artefacts from the history of gastric surgery, inviting visitors to take a closer look at medical apparatuses and instruments from the museum collections, plus some new acquisitions.
 
The question in the exhibition title is a rhetorical one, and we do not try to give a complete answer. So, don’t expect to get tips on how to get a flat stomach. On the other hand, do expect to get a chance to explore the treatment of severe obesity and get an insight into the work of Danish scientists at the forefront of obesity research.
 
The exhibition will be inaugurated at 7.30pm, with opening speeches from the head of the faculty, Ulla Wewer, and professor Thorkild I. A. Sørensen. After that, drinks will be served and the exhibition will be open for browsing.

New opening hours from 1st October

Medical Museion is updating our opening hours. From 1st October the museum will be open for guests on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday from 12-4pm. The ground floor is open for browsing, but to see our full array of exhibits, you need to join one of our hour-long guided tours. From Wednesday-Friday there are two guided tours a day, at 1pm and 2pm. On Sundays there are three guided tours, at 12.30pm, 1.30pm, and 2.30pm. There’s no need to book, and written guides are also available in English.
 
It is also possible to book group guided tours in advance. Schools and other educational institutions are invited to book tours at 10am or 11.30am between Wednesday and Friday, and any other interested group can book a tour at 4pm or 5.30pm between Tuesday and Friday. The museum is closed on Mondays.

Teaching Public Health Science Communication

Students of Public Health Science and other related disciplines are this fall semester being exposed to a new course at University of Copenhagen. Medical Museion offers an introduction into Science Communication seen from the perspective of Public Health. The course will provide students with knowledge about the general principles of science communication, and explore what public health science communication means, who it is targeted, and what it can achieve. You can follow the progress of the course on our website Public Health Science Communication.

Culture Night 2012

Yet again Medical Museion is joining the Culture Night party and opening its doors for an exciting evening of medical culture… This year we are celebrating the 225th anniversary of the Royal Surgical Academy by focusing on the history and future of surgery.
 
The entire museum will be open until midnight. Visitors will be able to enjoy our permanent displays, and temporary exhibitions Balance and Metabolism and Experiences of Ageing, alongside our brand new show, Obesity – What’s the problem?
 
In addition, we’ll be presenting an array of special, surgical events. Visitors will be invited to learn one of the basic skills of a surgeon, ‘suturing’ or stitching, expertly guided by doctors?? from Rigshospitalet. You can also glimpse the future of surgery by catching a lecture on Robots in the Operating Theatre by Jesper Olsen, consultant surgeon at Herlev Hospital. See the full program here.
 
Friday 12 October 2012 from 18.00 to 00.00. Entry only possible with a Culture Pass for 90 DKK (also for sale at the door)

Medicine 2.0: Social media in medical research and practice

Social media is becoming ubiquitous. Now its making its way into medical research and practice. What can researchers get out of using social media? How will these new forms of communication change medicine? What are the benefits, and are there any downsides?
 
Two international specialists in medical research communication, who also happen to be very active users of social media, will be speaking at the Haderup Auditorium at Panum on Monday, 29 October from 2-4pm. Dr. Richard Smith, former chief editor at British Medical Journal (BMJ), and doctor Bertalan Meskó, founder of www.webicina.com, will share their experiences using social media, and its impact on their professional lives. Following the talks, the audience will be invited to join a panel debate.
 
This event has been organized by The Faculty of Health Sciences and Section for Science Communication, NNF Center for Basic Metabolic Research, in collaboration with Copenhagen Graduate School of Health and Medical Sciences.
The event is open to anyone, no registration needed.

Nine Doctors, Nine Lives

As term starts for students at the Faculty of Health Sciences, they are welcomed by nine of their predecessors from the last 150 years. The exhibition Nine Doctors, Nine Lives, situated in the entrance to the medical school, shows how nine people, each marked by their era, environment, and personality, went through medical training to become very different kinds of practitioner, contributing to health research, patient care and medical education. The exhibition combines the professional and the intimate to emphasize that doctors aren’t just doctors; they’re people too.
 
Nine Doctors, Nine Lives is situated in the Panum building's new entrance, Nørre Alle 20, 2200 Copenhagen N..
 
The exhibition is a collaboration between stud. mag. Astrid Møller-Olsen and physician, dr. med. Gert Almind.

Popular picks from our web universe

The Medical Museion blog continues to feature voices from across the curatorial, exhibition, and academic staff, and highlights activities here alongside current debates across medical science, science communication, and museology. Here are a few recent highlights.
What it's like to be a bike?

BY EMMA 4 SEP 2012
Is it possible to talk about empathy directed at a thing? A few weeks ago I visited the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art and the exhibition Pink Caviar – New Acquisitions 2009-2011. I watched the video work Bodies of Society by the Swedish architect and performance artist Klara Lidén. (read more)
Superhuman? Maybe just human is weird enough

BY LOUISE WHITELEY 11 SEP 2012
Last Friday I visited Wellcome Collection’s current exhibition Superhuman: Exploring Human Enhancement from 600 BCE to 2050. Feeling rather less than superhuman after a sweaty bike ride from Tooting, I entered the delightfully air-conditioned exhibition space and an absorbing – if at times gut-wrenching – mosaic of objects, films, and texts, providing glimpses into the prismatic set of phenomena falling under the umbrella of human enhancement. (read more)
No simple recipe for translating science

BY NINA BJERGLUND ANDERSEN 13 SEP 2012
The second module of the course in Public Health Science Communication focused on Translating Science to Traditional Media. On paper a nice and concrete topic – but both choosing literature for the syllabus and preparing for the class proved a little bit more challenging. Because what does ‘translating science’ mean? And is there a recipe for doing so? (read more)

Oktober på Medicinsk Museion

Oktober på Medicinsk Museion indledes med champagnebobler, når vi på onsdag åbner vores helt nye udstilling Fedme – Hvad er problemet? I denne udgave af nyhedsbrevet kan du desuden læse om Medicinsk Museions program for Kulturnatten 2012, om museets ændrede åbningstider, om et åbent arrangement om sociale mediers indtog i den medicinske verden med mere.

Udstillingsåbning: Fedme – Hvad er problemet?

Onsdag den 3. oktober 2012 slår Medicinsk Museion dørene op for den nye udstilling Fedme – Hvad er problemet? Udstillingen tager pulsen på dansk fedmeforskning. Alle danskere har en holdning til fedme, og Medicinsk Museion sætter i efteråret fokus på det heftigt debatterede forskningsområde.
 
Fedme – hvad er problemet? udfolder sig omkring gastric bypass-operationen, men undersøger tre forskellige niveauer af dansk frontforskning i fedme: En kirurgisk, en medicinsk og en videnskabelig tilgang. Medicinsk Museion inviterer i udstillingen sit publikum helt tæt på medicinsk apparatur og instrumenter fra museets samlinger.
 
Spørgsmålet i udstillingens overskrift er retorisk, og vi forsøger ikke at give et dækkende svar. Forvent derfor ikke at få opskriften på en flad mave. Til gengæld får du lejlighed til at nærstudere behandlingen af svær overvægt og se de dygtigste forskere over skulderen.
 
Udstillingen indvies kl. 19:30 med åbningstaler ved dekan Ulla Wewer og professor Thorkild I. A. Sørensen. Efterfølgende er der drinks og fri rundgang i udstillingen.

Nye åbningstider fra 1. oktober

Medicinsk Museion får fra mandag den 1. oktober nye åbningstider. Museet er fra oktober åbent for gæster onsdag, torsdag, fredag og søndag fra kl. 12-16. Stueetagen er åben for fri rundgang, men for at se det fulde opbud af udstillinger, skal man følge en af de 1 time lange guidede omvisninger, som onsdag-fredag foregår kl. 13-14 og 14-15, og om søndagen fra kl. 12:30-13:30, 13:30-14:30 og 14:30-15:30. Man behøver ikke at forhåndsbooke plads på disse omvisninger.

Det er også muligt at forhåndsbooke omvisninger. Skoler og uddannelsesinstitutioner kan booke omvisninger til afvikling onsdag-fredag i tidsrummene kl. 10-11 og 11:30-12:30. Øvrige grupper er velkomne til at forhåndsbooke omvisninger til afvikling tirsdag-fredag kl. 16:00-17:15 eller 17:30-18:45. Museet er lukket om mandagen.

Undervisning i Videnskabskommunikation

Studerende fra Folkesundhedsvidenskab og relaterede discipliner bliver dette efterårssemestret udsat for et nyt valgfag på Københavns Universitet. Medicinsk Museion tilbyder i faget Public Health Science Communication de studerende en introduktion til videnskabskommunikation set fra et folkesundhedsmæssigt perspektiv. Kurset vil give de studerende viden om generelle teorier inden for videnskabskommunikation og formidling, undersøge hvad det betyder, hvem det er rettet imod, og hvad den kan opnå. Du kan følge med i kurset her Public Health Science Communication.

Kulturnatten 2012

Endnu engang slår Medicinsk Museion dørene op for spændende og lærerige aktiviteter på Kulturnatten. Denne gang fejrer vi, at det er 225 år siden, at det Kongelige Kirurgiske Akademi åbnede i de bygninger, hvor vi nu har til huse. Dette gør vi ved at sætte fokus på kirurgiens historie og fremtid.

Huset holder naturligvis åbent hele aftenen, og der vil være rig mulighed for at se vores permanente udstillinger og vores midlertidige udstillinger Balance & Stofskifte og Oplevelser af aldring, samt vores nye særudstilling Fedme – Hvad er problemet?

Herudover har vi i løbet af aftenen en række særlige arrangementer på programmet. Du kan bl.a. få testet din fingerfærdighed og lære at sy som en kirurg, når Rigshospitalets Center for Klinisk Uddannelse instruerer i, hvordan man foretager sutur, dvs. lukker sår. Du kan få et indblik i fremtidens kirurgi, når overlæge på Herlev Hospital, Jesper Olsen, holder oplæg om robotter på operationsstuen. Og meget mere. Se det fulde program her.

Fredag den 12. oktober 2012 kl. 18.00-00.00. Indgang kun med Kulturpas til kr. 90 (kan også købes i døren).

Medicin 2.0: Sociale medier i medicinsk forskning og praksis

Sociale medier har erobret samfundet. Nu er de på vej ind i medicinsk forskning og praksis. Hvad kan forskere få ud af at bruge sociale medier? Hvordan vil de nye medier forandre medicinsk videnskab og praksis?
 
To internationale specialister inden for medicinsk forskningskommunikation og aktive brugere af sociale medier er inviteret til Haderup-auditoriet på Panum mandag den 29. oktober kl. 14-16. Dr. Richard Smith, tidligere chefredaktør for British Medical Journal (BMJ), og læge Bertalan Meskó, grundlægger af www.webicina.com, vil dele ud af deres erfaringer med brugen af sociale medier. Emnet lægges efterfølgende til debat i et åbent panel.
 
Mødet arrangeres af Det Sundhedsvidenskabelige Fakultet og Section for Science Communication, NNF Center for Basic Metabolic Research i samarbejde med Copenhagen Graduate School of Health and Medical Sciences.
OBS! Dette er et åbent arrangement, som foregår på engelsk.

Læger er også en slags mennesker!

Da de lægestuderende begyndte på Det Sundhedsvidenskabelige Fakultet i slutningen af august, blev de hilst velkommen af en udstilling om ni af deres forgængere i faget igennem de sidste 150 år. Udstillingen skildrer, hvordan ni mennesker, præget af periode, miljø og personlighed, har udfyldt og fortolket lægegerningen på hver deres måde. Alle har de været igennem den samme lægeuddannelse, men selve udlevelsen af faget kommer an på mennesket bag.
 
…også en slags mennesker: 9 læger 9 liv forefindes i Panumbygningens nye indgangshal, Nørre Alle 20, 2200 København N.
 
Udstillingen er planlagt, researchet og udformet i et samarbejde mellem stud. mag. Astrid Møller-Olsen og læge, dr.med. Gert Almind

Populære indslag fra vores webunivers

Medicinsk Museions blog er stadig stedet, hvor husets medarbejdere – fra museumsinspektører over konservatorer til forskere skriver om deres arbejde, og deltager i aktuelle diskussioner indenfor medicinsk videnskab, forskningskommunikation og museologi.
 
En udstilling tager form: Fedme - Hvad er problemet?

AF NANNA GERDES 26 SEP 2012
I øjeblikket bliver udstillingen: Fedme – Hvad er problemet?, sat op i tre nyrenoverede rum på Medicinsk Museion. De tre rum præsenterede tidligere de nu nedlagte mangeårige udstillinger: Det Kgl. Frederiks Hospital, Det. Kgl. Frederiks Apoteks officin og kirurgiens historie. Apotekerofficinet har imidlertid fået lov til at blive stående i al sin pragt, dog med ændringer, der er forenelige med den nye udstillings koncept. Et nyt udstillingskoncept, der centrerer sig omkring fedme med tre centrale hovedemner, et i hvert rum: Kirurgi, medicin og forskning. (læs mere)
What it's like to be a bike?

AF EMMA 4 SEP 2012
Is it possible to talk about empathy directed at a thing? A few weeks ago I visited the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art and the exhibition Pink Caviar – New Acquisitions 2009-2011. I watched the video work Bodies of Society by the Swedish architect and performance artist Klara Lidén. (læs mere)
Superhuman? Maybe just human is weird enough

BY LOUISE WHITELEY 11 SEP 2012
Last Friday I visited Wellcome Collection’s current exhibition Superhuman: Exploring Human Enhancement from 600 BCE to 2050. Feeling rather less than superhuman after a sweaty bike ride from Tooting, I entered the delightfully air-conditioned exhibition space and an absorbing – if at times gut-wrenching – mosaic of objects, films, and texts, providing glimpses into the prismatic set of phenomena falling under the umbrella of human enhancement. (read more)
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